Photographer's Note

This is Velika Danilivka (“Big Daniel’s Village”), newly build quarter in Saltivka residential area of Kharkiv city. Dwelling houses are not fully constructed yet, but the church is. This situation is completely new for Ukraine. Moreover, before Ukrainian Independence (1991) there were no new churches built at all.

This shot has given me an opportunity to show a new approach on housing development. But also when preparing it for posting I could find for myself the best algorithm of the editing to get maximal resulting quality and conform the TE rules. The problem is that some TE users’ images, including mine, suffer from something like aureole around contrasting details. I believe this photographic fault is called “ghost” in English. If a ghost has rather discrete structure, the compression level of JPG-JPEG format may be blamed. But the “best quality - minimal compression” setting gives too big file to be posted for TE. For example, this image had 341 kB at the 100% quality. The 99% quality gave 286 kB that was OK for TE (not more 300 kB).

Thus for this image, which in my camera had such properties as 3264*2448 and 2MB (jpg) by means of ACD FotoCanvas I have made the following (in Paint and Microsoft Office Picture Manager I could not find the settings for jpg-image quality):
1. one degree rotation to make the church (main compositional element) look more vertically;
2. cropping after rotation;
3. auto levels adjusting;
4. resizing to 800*631 pixels;
5. saving with several qualities (from 90% to 100%) to search the file of maximal size, but < 300 kB.
I think these operations should be made at one sitting to avoid extra savings, which reduce the quality.

Hopefully this image is free of ghosts. The shining things above the higher cupola are small chains hanging over the cross as a decoration. In addition, the church has been already consecrated…

As a response to the critique given by keribar I've made some self-editing as a workshop image with small vertical perspective correction to make the houses on the left stand straight, without leaning. Please see the result here.

GPS coordinates: 50.03830 Lat, 36.34400 Long, 117 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1933 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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